Researching the sacred: reflections on the challenges and ethics of data collection.

Pirani, Farida and Papadopoulos, Irena (2007) Researching the sacred: reflections on the challenges and ethics of data collection. Journal of Health, Social and Environmental Issues, 8 (1). pp. 19-26. ISSN 1478-5692

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Abstract

The paper describes the process of data collection and the challenges encountered during a study carried out at a religiously sacred site, that is, a Muslim shrine in Pakistan. Conducting research in a Pakistani cultural setting, using a research process and ethical framework derived from a Western world perspective presented a series of challenges. These included issues arising from working in an environment closely related to a particular religious value and belief system and a lack of basic infrastructure and privacy when conversing with people who were vulnerable and unacquainted with the concept of this type of research. Cultural awareness, empathy, a non judgemental approach, and reflective research can assist in maintaining ethical practice among researchers.

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Research Areas:School of Health and Education > Mental Health, Social Work and Interprofessional Learning
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